Plaudits for first ever professional pantomine

Blind passenger Richford Orford reads the Braille notice on the Help Point at Durham Bus Station.
Blind passenger Richford Orford reads the Braille notice on the Help Point at Durham Bus Station.
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THE curtain may have come down on Cinderella, but the plaudits for Lytham’s first ever professional pantomime continue.

Some 5,000 seats were snapped up for the pre-Christmas run at the Lowther Pavilion – and there were several sell-out performances.

The Express were media partners for the highly successful show in a bid to encourage more families to visit the Fylde’s own theatre.

Pendle Productions artistic director Tim Lince said: “The bookings were incredible and we are pleased that the show was so well received by the public.

“The Fylde coast has got a venue to be really proud of, with fantastic facilities, great parking, easy disabled access, and a staff who took on the challenge of two capacity shows a day and showed how a theatre really can be run.

“In addition the support from the local authority meant we had two signed performances, and this opened the show up to audiences that travelled from as far away as Birmingham and Stoke. The Fylde Youth Salute supported by the Express and Fylde Council proved to be a real winner and something that would be good to repeat next year.

“A special mention must also go to the children from the Clifton Academy in St Annes who showed real dedication and talent.

“With more than 5,000 attending, the pantomime has proved to be a rousing success. But, before we had even closed the box office on the production, bookings were flooding in for the next Christmas panto. Schools who travelled from out of the area to see a performance have shown their support by booking at the Lowther for 2011.”

So what does the Lowther Pavilion have in store for December?

Pendle Productions will stage Jack and the Beanstalk, promising a 12 foot giant, a beanstalk that really grows, some familiar faces returning from Cinderella as well as star names that will be announced later in the year.

Oh, and how do you beat a real live horse on stage? Well, in Jack and the Beanstalk there’s a cow! And Tim says you will just have to watch this space to see what happens there.

Jack and the Beanstalk runs at the Lowther Pavilion from December 12. Tickets are available from the box office at £10 and £8 concessions. School and group bookings save up to 40% from the full price ticket. Contact the box office on 01253 658666.